Agriculture Art Exhibition Winners Announced

    DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, has selected the winning entries for the “Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Exhibition.” First place, second place, third place and finalists were chosen in adult and youth divisions and were eligible to win cash prizes.

    In the Adult Division, Naomi Friend of Story City took first place for her cyanotype “Red Angus Cows.” Allen Hendrickson of Osceola and Abigail Livingood of Clive took second and third place, respectively.

    In the Youth Division, Theo Whitehead, 14, of Des Moines won first place for his photograph “At Work.” Emma Dochterman, 17, of North Liberty and Joanna VanDeWalle, 7, of Dixon, took second and third place.

    The exhibition entries were judged based on concept as well the level of aesthetic and technical quality. The contest challenged artists to reflect on

    Iowa's role as a leader in agriculture through their respective mediums.

    Winners and finalists will have their work on display until Oct. 31 at Cafe Baratta’s in the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines.

    Below is the list of winners and finalists in both divisions:

    Adult Division

    • First Place: Naomi Friend, Story City
    • Second Place: Allen Hendrickson, Osceola
    • Third Place: Abigail Livingood, Clive
    • Finalist: Clark Colby, Ames
    • Finalist: Dan Sandersfeld, Tiffin
    • Finalist: Brittany Tangen, Kamrar
    • Finalist: James Walker Henry, Burlington

    Youth Division

    • First Place: Theo Whitehead, Des Moines
    • Second Place: Emma Dochterman, North Liberty
    • Third Place: Joanna VanDeWalle, Dixon
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    The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa - State Office of Media Production and the State Historical Society of Iowa – empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. The department’s work enables Iowa to be recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations. 

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